The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

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26th October 2014


“Hostile Inflexibility” or “Holy Intransigence”?

We are indeed living through remarkable times in God’s Church. Thanks to the perseverance of Cardinals Pell, Burke, Muller and other prelates at the Synod, the responses of the various language groups to the Anti-Catholic interim Relatio were made public. These established that the majority of those at the Synod were highly critical of the interim report, and so the very different final Relatio – approved in Synod on Saturday, 18th October - is in conformity with Catholic teaching. Let us thank God for this; we should thank as well His faithful servants, who persisted in raising their voices in opposition to an unacceptable document. Many questions remain, however, as to how the interim Relatio could have been produced at all, given not only that it had serious errors, but also that it did not in fact reflect the mind of the vast majority of the Synod Fathers.

The Supreme Pontiff did not speak until the conclusion of the Synod. His Holiness did not give any clear moral teaching on the precise matters that were in contention in the Synod, but contented himself largely with describing – in his idiosyncratic way – a number of “temptations” that in his view were present. The first such temptation described by the Pope was that of “hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word (the letter), and not allowing oneself to be surprised by God, by the God of surprises, (the spirit); within the law, within the certitude of what we know and not of what we still need to learn and achieve. From the time of Christ, it is the temptation of the zealous, of the scrupulous, of the solicitous and of the so-called – today – ‘traditionalists’ – and also of the intellectuals.” On the other hand, the Pope described various other temptations, including to some down off the cross to please the people, to bow down to a worldly spirit, and to neglect the deposit of faith. Quoting Pope Benedict XVI at length, Pope Francis also spoke of authority in the Church as being a service to souls. Nevertheless, the Pope, to date, declines to exercise His own authority in order to speak with certitude and conviction on grave questions regarding the moral order, which is so seriously under threat today, not only throughout much of the world but, sadly, within the Church Herself. With great respect to His Holiness, I do not see how fidelity to Christ’s teaching in the matter of the divorce, human sexuality and the sacraments can properly be dismissed as a temptation to “hostile inflexibility”. We need to be on guard against accepting the idea that those concerned with doctrinal rectitude form one group, and those who are truly pastoral, another. It needs to be said: there is no truly loving and pastoral approach to sinners, that is not firmly grounded in complete adherence to revealed Truth. It is not possible to accept a dichotomy between the demands of Truth and Charity. A “holy intransigence” that insists on fidelity to Christ, by the serene and joyful acceptance of the constant teaching of the Church, is the only basis for true charity, as distinct from an easy and permissive sentimentality that simply affirms the sinner in his sin. “Holy intransigence” in this sense is not a temptation. It’s not even an option. It’s an obligation.

It is my prayer that in the year ahead, and especially at next year’s Synod, the teaching Church can more effectively embrace the essential unity between the doctrinal and pastoral dimensions of the matters at hand. It is no secret, for instance, that there is an ongoing catechetical crisis in vast sections of the Church. The teachings of the Church on sexuality, marriage and the family, as well as on the Sacraments, have simply not been communicated effectively to entire generations. There are various reasons for this, but one very prominent reason in many places is that no serious attempt has been made by those in authority to convey these teachings, and to explain them. Indeed, in so many cases in Catholic institutions and Parishes, views not consistent with the Catholic faith have been proposed to young people and others. Maybe the next Synod might more usefully investigate how such widespread scandals could have occurred over many decades, and gone unchecked? Maybe it is about time for a serious reform in the Church, that begins by asking some tough questions of those in positions of responsibility. Maybe it’s time to start asking those who seem to have so little confidence in Catholic moral teaching, and in our capacity to live it by the power of God’s grace, whether they are struggling (or rather, not struggling) with some personal problem, that leads them to want the Church to change so that they can justify themselves?

Devotedly in Christ,

Fr Glen Tattersall

Parish Priest


Fr McDaniels' sister, Mrs Mary Birle, died last Wednesday morning, our time. A Requiem Mass for Mrs Birle’s repose will be offered at St Patrick’s Cathedral this Wednesday, at 5.30 pm.

Please note the changes to the Mass timetable due to Fr McDaniels’ absence. Fr McDaniels is not expected back in Melbourne before mid-November.

November Masses: These are offered for the living and the dead, our deceased relatives, friends and benefactors, and for those other deceased in need of God’s mercy. In November, the month of the Holy Souls, we especially pray for the Faithful departed. November envelopes are in the vestibule and the pews. The minimum stipend for one November Mass (by Archdiocesan law) is $20. Put the names of the deceased you wish to be remembered on the envelopes provided and place them in either Sunday collection. Please submit these in October, to ensure that the dead are remembered at all the Masses of November. General Mass intention envelopes are also available in the vestibule, to arrange for Mass to be offered for any other intention.

Christ the King: the act of Consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will be made after each Mass today, the Solemnity of Christ the King. The public recitation of this Consecration carries a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions.

All Saints’ Day falls this Saturday, 1st November. Although not currently a Holy Day of Obligation in Australia, you are strongly urged to attend Mass that day, in accordance with Tradition. Solemn Mass will be celebrated for All Saints’ at 10.30 am. All Souls’ Day is transferred this year to Monday, 3rd November. There will be at least three public Masses that day: Low Mass at 7 am & 10 am, and Solemn Mass at 7 pm.

First Holy Communion – Sunday, 14th December: The following children have been registered for preparation for First Confession and First Holy Communion: Teresa Denney, Raphael Joseph Francis, Gemma Owen, Joseph Pownell, Adam Rosamond, Georgina Harradine and Olivia Stanfield.

Scouts of Europe: expressions of interest are sought in the foundation of a branch of the Scouts of Europe, a scouting movement operating in full conformity with traditional Catholic principles. Initially, interest is sought from boys 12 years old and above, through to young men in their early twenties. We hope to provide a similar programme for girls and young women in due course, as well. Proof of Parental permission must of course accompany any application from those under 18 years of age. The following link to the Federation of North American Explorers, an association inspired by the French Scouts of Europe, and now part of the International Union of the Guides and Scouts of Europe, gives a good idea of what we hope to achieve: Those interested are invited to contact Fr Tattersall.

Inaugural Newman Lecture by Dr Stephen McInerney

Sunday Family picnics in Caulfield Park: now that Spring has arrived, some families have started to gather in Caulfield Park (opposite the Church) after Sunday Solemn Mass, to enjoy each other’s company and to share a simple (BYO) picnic lunch. Everyone is welcome! For more details, please contact

There is now a Twitter address for the Parish: - follow it to keep up to date with Parish news and events.

The Thomas More Centre invites you to the Music for Life Concert, - a competition designed to encourage musicians to compose an original song which celebrates life. All selected entries will compete/perform their original compositions at the concert to win a grand prize of $1,000. When: Saturday Nov 15th at 2:00pm at the Renaissance Theatre, 826 High Street, Kew East. Cost: Adult: $20.00, Students: $15.00. Tickets can be purchase online at For more information: contact Grace Kiely on 0421 215 240 or

    • Sundays in Spring

    Sunday Family Picnics in Caulfield Park

    Everyone is welcome!

    • Sunday, October 26

    Feast of Christ the King

    For the first time, a Sung Mass at St Aloysius' to celebrate this great feast!

    • Saturday, November 1, 10.30am

    Feast of All Saints - This Saturday

    Solemn Mass for the Feast of all Saints

  • Newman Fellowship for Young Adults

    Our next meeting will welcome back our own Shawn Murphy, former Newman Fellowship organizer, and now novice at the Toronto Oratory.

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  • Catechesis Classes

    Fortnightly Catechesis based on the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

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  • Bible Study Classes

    No previous knowledge is required, and everyone is welcome.

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  • Catholic Women's League Newman Parish Group

    Join the regular CWL meetings at Maryvale after Solemn Mass.

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  • Support Shawn Murphy and the Oratory

    Find out how to help Shawn, currently a Novice at the Toronto Oratory, in his formation for the Brisbane Oratory

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  • Psallamus - Our Mixed Choir

    Psallamus is our regular choir - further information and recordings are available here.

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  • The Newman Singers - Our new choir

    Find out how to join the Newman Singers, our new mixed choir. Young men and women welcome.

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  • The Wolff Organ

    The organ is of very high historical and musical significance as one of only two two-manual organs built by J.W. Wolff to survive intact

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Newman Parish Facebook

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Our YouTube Channel

Here you will find videos of parish events, with an emphasis on key homilies.

Bishop Meeking Holy Week Homilies

Bishop Meeking has visited us for Holy Week for five years in a row. Herein lie some of his marvellous homilies

Homily on our 10th Anniversary

Bishop Elliott celebrated Mass at St Aloysius' on 3rd February, 2013 to mark our 10th anniversary.